The Style of Italy

padovaI have just been exploring for myself  the stye of Italy, how they mix in perfect harmony their rich cultural heritage with artisan design and modern day developments.  The Shop IVO  Milan   is the perfect example of this,  located in Padova or Padua – a town you could easily miss being so close to Venice. It is well worth a visit  for the old botanical gardens and the beautiful colours seen in Giotto’s  frescos.  Padova is a great location for a new course I’ll be teaching in September involving  all aspects of the handbag industry. We’ll be visiting companies who want to share, show and discuss their unique expertise.  Of course if you want to get a taste of Italian style from the second world war to present day there’s still time to see The Glamour of Italian at the V & A.


Spring Florals


Even though  it’s still January our passion for Spring and  love  flora can be seen on the high street and in Designer ranges. Gucci  with the fresh look of the British countryside. Flowers can be seen  as needlepoint embroideries, printed and applique for every occasion. Its a really fresh look  the designers are really showing  different  styles of illustration from sketchy flowers to classic blooms. As there are so many flower prints in garments is this to give a real mix of different  patterns or for the  consumer who only wants to carry flowers?



The Year of the Back Pack?

back packThe term backpack was first used in  the USA  in 1910 . The backpack, which is normally seen as a practical  nylon/canvas bag on a back of a tourist or student  has for the last few years been going through a transformation from  the stylish leather  of Alexander Wang  to Chanel’s  graffiti  backpack to the very versatile Zara bag that can be used as a shopper . This is definitely on trend for Spring/Summer 2014.

Christmas Bags

Christmas is a good time for handbags with no real fit issues they are an ideal present so all major stores have bags in their London windows. Harrod’s windows by Mulberry takes their Autumn advertising campaign imagery into the amazing woodland wonderland designed by Shona Heath. She also worked on the advertising campaign with the photographer Tim Walker.